They don't get any grander, and in summer you can't beat the locale — its own 70-acre island. (It closes in winter.) Opened in 1883 and thrice rebuilt in the next 50 years, this 381-room family-friendly retreat has had many ups and downs. It's been in upgrade mode lately and now sports indoor and outdoor pools, with an 18-hole miniature golf course coming. Summer rates from $269 to $959 a night, with deep discounts in spring and fall. Info: (800) 358-3585, http://www.thesagamore.com.
Chris Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
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